National Park Service

Mojave Desert I&M Network (MOJN)

Inventory & Monitoring at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE) was established in 1936, and offers a wide range of natural, cultural, and recreational resources (on both land and water). The park encompasses more than 140 miles of the Colorado River, and spans nearly 1.3 million acres. The park's land is centered on two artificial lakes, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. It is the premiere inland water-recreation area in the West and a primary source of drinking water for southern Nevada. The park lies along the northeast boundary of the Mojave Desert, and has ecological representation of species belonging to the Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin deserts.

MOJN provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to assist LAKE in effective, science-based decision making for resource protection and management purposes. Inventories have been completed for mammals, fish, birds, vascular plants, and reptiles & amphibians (for full species lists select from the dropdown box below). MOJN has established 33 long-term monitoring plots within Creosote - White Bursage vegetation community in order to collect plant and soils data at 3-year intervals, with the most recent data collection effort completed in March 2016. The Integrated Uplands Protocol describes the data collection procedures carried out at these plots. The Selected Large Springs Protocol describes MOJN's water monitoring efforts at one large persistent spring, Blue Point Spring, where we measure water quality and availability four times each year. Through the procedures outlined in the Desert Springs Protocol, water quality and availability are measured jointly by MOJN and LAKE staff at 44 smaller water sources such as seeps and springs. LAKE's Soils Inventory and Map is currently in progress, with expected completion in 2016, and the Geologic Resources Map is now complete, with the Report scheduled for publication in 2017.


List Species Found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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What's the difference?

A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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Species Summary from iNaturalist (non-NPS data)

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